June 14, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Texas Longhorns were honored at the opening ceremonies of the College World Series on Friday for having the highest cumulative team grade-point average of the eight teams to make it to Rosenblatt Stadium.
Texas' cumulative GPA for teams who are a part of the CWS roster stands at 3.0 following the spring semester. For their effort, the Longhorns earned the College World Series Academic Award.
"How proud we are of these young men," said Dr. Randa Ryan, senior associate athletics director for student services. "They have shown that you can be excellent in your sport and in your academic pursuits. They have met the challenge of balancing tough academic responsibilities with a very demanding competitive schedule."
Junior outfielder Russell Moldenhauer also earned an individual Academic Award for having the highest cumulative GPA on the Texas roster with a 3.38 mark. Moldenhauer earned second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VI Second Team earlier in the year.
"It is just an example of how well-rounded these guys are," UT head coach Augie Garrido said. "They put in the effort on the baseball diamond and they put in the effort in the class room and in the study hall. We also have to thank Randa (Ryan) and the academic support staff for setting up a structure for our student-athletes to be able to succeed."